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An Archaeological Synthesis of Wells in Delaware: Alternative Mitigation for the Polk Tenant Site

Author(s): Brian Crane ; Christopher Bowen ; Dennis Knepper

Year: 2016

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Versar gathered information on 58 previously excavated wells from across Delaware including size, shape, depth, the methods and materials of construction, location, and date among others.  Comparison of data from the sample found patterns in well depth, location, and use of material through time. The results suggest future avenues of research to explore the ways in which well construction might relate to occupant ownership status as well as the temporal evolution of farmsteads. This synthesis facilitates future comparative analysis, identifies gaps in the archaeological record on wells, and makes management recommendations for the future excavation of these important features.


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An Archaeological Synthesis of Wells in Delaware: Alternative Mitigation for the Polk Tenant Site. Brian Crane, Christopher Bowen, Dennis Knepper. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434614)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 309

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America